William Rader suggested that you have 8-10 tricks that pack small and play big, resets quickly for your walk around magic and he talked how he approaches a table and suggests having a sign in the lobby so patrons will know there is a magician in house. He also suggests not to be timid, show confidence, and be friendly! Try to get a dialog going with the table to establish raport. When the food comes, try to finish quickly and move on. If time allows you can go back to that table for more effects.
Gregg Tobo’s thoughts are that close-up magic is all about group interaction. Gregg suggests that you have magic that will work for small tables and also an effect or two for a large table so people at the other end can see as well. Gregg uses a small set of Linking Rings for large groups.
Gene Gordon says “Always be prepared” have your magic and perform it well. Magic should be fun and have a WOW factor. He suggested a few of his opening lines to approach a table as well.
Shawn Popp likes walk around magic because you always have a fresh audience and you can try out new material on the regular customers. Change up your act every now and then. Magic keeps kids happy, the manager and other patrons. Shawn suggests quick powerful magic tricks.
They all talked about their philosophy of accepting tips and suggested that they tip their server even better.
We were also lucky to have Adam Wilber swing through Denver and lecture at the last minute. He explained how to deal with a heckler, the evolution of Pyro Mini, and how it was developed along with how fun and exciting the trick is. He showed us how he solves a Rubik’s Cube the fast way, coin bending, how his splits a card and drinks out of a battery!
Whit ‘Pop’ Haydn showed us his routines and explained why he does what he does in each effect. He performed his 3 shell con game, his Chicago Opener where the backs of cards change colors. He taught us a peak/double peak for card control. He suggested that you only do the ambitious card no more than three times so you do not make your spectator angry. His coins across was extremely fast! Next he performed his Linking Ring and Color Changing Knives routines. Lastly, his bill Transporter had a wonderful Flash to it!